Forklift accident claims California construction worker

Construction in California drives one of the world's greatest economies and provides jobs to thousands of workers. Construction sites can be hazardous, regardless of precautions, and mistakes or poor conditions can cause the most serious of consequences.

A man recently died on a construction site in Contra Costa County while operating a forklift. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) reports that the driver was moving paver stones with the vehicle when he became trapped. The site is a residential construction project where the driver was installing a driveway.

Fellow construction workers and the man's Livermore community mourned the driver as a friendly, helpful man who always had a positive attitude in the workplace during his year with the company. The investigation into his death is continuing and the site has stopped work until it concludes.

The driver's widow took to the internet for support after the construction accident claimed her husband's life. The community has raised more than $1,500 to help defray the funeral and end-of-life costs.

Victims of construction accidents and their families are entitled to seek reimbursement for medical expenses and compensation for pain and suffering. Legal representation is the first step in seeking an arbitrated or court settlement with the owner or operator of a dangerous construction site.

Fatal injuries can result from electrical problems, falls from scaffolding, ladder accidents, construction machinery use, malfunctions or defective construction tools. Take extra care on crowded worksites and keep a detail-oriented attitude to maintain your own safety and the safety of co-workers.

Source: Livermore Patch, "Man Who Died In Tragic Forklift Accident Worked For Livermore Company," Aug. 16, 2017

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